So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” Genesis 6:13
Living on this earth, the majority of people believe they can live as they want and there will be no consequences. Very few people live in a way of being aware of the consequences of their actions. Living in the moment for self pleasure is all that counts.
In Genesis, mankind had grown corrupt and was living in extreme sin and violence on the earth. God tells Noah that He is going to destroy the earth and all the people.
The majority of people around the world are familiar with the story of Noah and the flood. Most do not believe that is actually occurred, but that it is a made-up story.
Since the majority of people do not believe it happened, they also believe that they can live however they choose to live. There are no absolute standards to live by.
As a result of this type of thinking, the world is getting more and more corrupt. There are things that are being allowed and promoted more and more all the time. Nations that were once known as being ‘Christian’ are no longer Christian as a whole. Sin and violence are spreading like a rapid, raging fire across the lands. God is being rejected and believers are being persecuted.
It appears as if God will never do anything, and that the world is winning. Yet, there is coming a day when Jesus will return and destroy this world and all that are in it that are disobeying God. Judgment is coming for all who do not follow Jesus.
God loves you and does not want to have to destroy you when Jesus returns. He sent Jesus to pay for your sins and make you right before God. This was done so that you can have eternal life with Him in heaven.
Choose today to repent and turn from all of your sins and follow God with all of your heart. If you do not do so, then when you die or when Jesus returns you will be included in the destruction for eternity in hell.
Although it looks as if the world is winning, God will win in the end and destroy all sin and this earth. Will you be destroyed?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will live your life serving and obeying God; that God will not have to destroy you in the end; and that you will tell others about Jesus returning someday.
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:24
Going through life is considered a journey by many. Some appear to be running, while others are walking and taking their time and enjoying life. Yet, others are trying to stop life.
Many who continue to go through life are constantly changing their views, actions and commitments. It is rare to hear of a person staying with one job for twenty years, or to stay with one spouse for life. The faithfulness in a person is rare to see or hear of.
Enoch is briefly described as having faithfully walked with God and then God took him. Enoch had lived 365 years in faithful walk with God.
Walking with someone means that a person will stay right by the other person during their journey, whether short or long, easy or difficult. During times that are easy on both, it is easy to walk alongside each other. However, when one or the other has difficulties or faults, many walk away, breaking the relationship.
This type of action is sadly seen in the church. Many begin to walk with God, but when difficulties arise, they choose to turn away from God.
Having lived for 365 years, Enoch had to have had some difficulties. Some of those were ones that he probably wondered why God allowed to occur. Yet, in all those challenges, he did not give up on God, but kept faithful walking with God and trusting Him.
Believers need to dig their heels in and continue to walk with God, faithfully obeying and trusting God and His commands no matter what difficulty lies in their path. God is faithful and will provide all that is needed, so that one day He can bring that believer home to heaven to live together for eternity.
God has called you to walk on a journey through this life with Him that will go throughout eternity. He never promised an easy, fun journey, but He did promise to never leave or forsake you. He did promise to provide you with all that you need.
Do not allow the world and its ways to turn you away from that walk with God. Trust God with all of your life and be faithful to Him as He is faithful to you. In the end you will have the reward of living for eternity with Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has called you to walk; that you will walk daily with God in all that you say and do; that God will give you all that you need for the journey; and that you will be faithful till God calls you home.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14
Whenever a person does something good, he will often expect to receive some type of reward for the action done. That reward may be just words, or actions or something physical.
One thing that people are looking for is how to live longer. For most people, life is precious and they hang on to it, however, sickness and death keep coming with no apparent stopping of it.
John records Jesus saying that those who have washed their robes are blessed and will be allowed to eat of the tree of life and enter the new city in heaven.
Washing of clothing is something that people do so that they may be clean and presentable. This allows them to enter places that they would not be able to if they were filthy dirty.
In life every person is wearing some type of spiritual clothing. It is either the filthy dirty clothing of the world and sin, or it is the cleaned righteous holy clothing that has been washed in the blood of Jesus, removing all sin.
While a person is wearing clothing stained by sin, he is not allowed to eat of the tree of life and live forever. When Jesus returns, he will be cast out into the lake of fire.
However, ever person who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus has allowed his clothes to be cleansed by Jesus. He is forgiven of his sins and given clean clothing, allowing him to eat of the tree of life and live forever in heaven.
Only by personal choice can a person be made ready for the blessing of eternal life.
Every time that you have sinned and done something against God, you have stained your clothing and need a washing. Without Jesus and a cleansing, you are dirty and will not be allowed to be blessed with eternal life in heaven.
Choose today to go to Jesus to have your clothing washed and all of your sins removed. Repent of the sins you have done against God and Jesus will forgive you and cleanse you. Turn away from all sin and be a new creation in Christ Jesus and be ready for the reward of eternal life in heaven.
Are you ready for the blessing when Jesus returns?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of your sins against God; that you will allow God to cleanse you of all unrighteousness; and that you will be ready for the blessing of eternal life when Jesus returns.